Metallica In-depth Biography
Metallica is an American heavy metal band from LA, California, which was formed on 28th October 1981. The band consists of drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (who joined the band in 1983) and bassist Robert Trujillo (a member since 2003) and co-founder, song-writer and main lead vocalist James Hetfield. Previous members of Metallica are lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to found the band Megadeth), and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted.
Metallica is best known for their fast style guitar wizadry and loud, aggressive vocals which has made them world famous in the thrash metal scene. In true rock n’ roll style, Metallica ended up performing in New York by having to steal a stolen U-Haul truck when a copy of their demo tape No Life 'Til Leather ended up in the hands in thrash metal shop Metal Heaven.
The first album Kill 'Em All released in 1983 proved highly successful, with Metallica tour tickets selling out fast across the U.S and Europe. Their second album Ride The Lightning and third album Ride The Lightning in 1984, affirmed the band’s status as a leading heavy metal band. Metallica went on tour with Ozzy Osburne after their next release in 1986 Master Of Puppets and secured their place in the top 30 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Following the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton, new bassist Jason Newsted was selected to join Metallica and they went on to produce their fourth album ...And Justice For All in 1988. The album was a massive hit, reaching number 6 in the US Billboard 200 Chart and the band going on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock album.
It was Metallica’s fifth album Metallica or The Black Album which was produced by Bob Rock (who had produced for Aerosmith, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, 311) which pushed the band in the major league of bands across all genres. The Black Album cost one million dollars to produce and moved away from the sounds of their older albums. It was number one in 10 countries and went 15 times Platinum across the U.S. and earned them an MTV and Grammy Award.
Metallica joined Guns N’ Roses on an arena tour and performed at many other festival and concerts throughout the early 1990’s. In 1997 Metallica produced the album ReLoad and in 1998 GarageInc. A double album release which contained cover versions of popular artists Diamond Head, Killing Joke, The Misfits, Thin Lizzy, Mercyful Fate, and Black Sabbath.
In the 2000’s, Metallica went on to re-invent and discover themselves. A documentary Some Kind Of Monster followed the lives of Metallica between 2001-2003. St. Anger debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2004. From 2006 onwards, further DVD’s and continued recognition for the 2008 album Death Magnetic and further tours across South America, Australia and New Zealand ensured that Metallica stayed firmly on the map.